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Concern that domestic violence may increase due to Galway housing crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is concern that Galway’s housing crisis is deterring women from reporting incidents of domestic abuse.
The matter was raised at a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee this week. (26/3)
A garda report for January and February this year, shows there has been an 80 per cent increase in incidents of breaches of barring or safety orders.
Gardaí reported 38 incidents where no offence was disclosed after an incident where gardaí were called.
Member of the city JPC, Joe Loughnane told the meeting that he’s concerned that there is a large increase in the number of people who can’t get away from an abusive partner because they can’t find anywhere else to go.
Superintendent Marie Skehill of Galway garda division said they have a follow-up system where they revisit the person who made the complaint in a discreet way to see if they want help or to pursue charges.
It comes as recently COPE Domestic Violence Refuge in the city said it is finding it difficult to house women and children in its own refuge due to capacity and therefore helps women find accommodation with other services.

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Local TD says €2.5m funding “vital lifeline” to local radio

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD says the announcement of 2.5 million euro in additional funding for the broadcasting sector is a “vital lifeline” for local radio.

The allocation has been made through the Sound and Vision Scheme, which provides grants for the creation of high-quality programmes.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says local radio provides a very important public service and deserves greater support.

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TFI Local Link to launch new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – TFI Local Link Galway will launch a new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea on Monday.

Route 546 will operate three times a day in each direction.

It’ll cover Castlerea, Williamstown, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin, Moylough, Mountbellew, Caltra, Ahascragh and Ballinasloe.

The new service will also provide commuters with a new peak-time service that interchanges with direct services to Galway from Ballinasloe.

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Galway company raises over €15m to develop revolutionary heart impant

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-based company has raised over 15 million euro in funding to develop a revolutionary heart impant.

AuriGen Medical has launched a crowdfunding campaign, with the funds going toward facilitating clinical trials.

The start-up company is based in ATU Galway and was founded by John Thomspson and Dr Tony O’Halloran.

Dr Thompson explains how funding and investment has progressed their development of the heart implant which aims to treat stroke and arrhythmia risk:

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